STEM Curriculum



Stop Stomping on Me

Grades: 6, 7
Industry: Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Contemporary World Issues, Data Analysis and Probability, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Earth and Space Sciences, Earth Systems, Engineering, Environmental Science, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Interconnections within Systems, Language, Mathematical Processes, Measurement, Measurement and Data, Order and Organization, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Speaking and Listening, Technology and Information Literacy, The Number System, Writing

Student engineering teams assist a city that is building a new soccer field for the World Cup competition.  To protect the city’s precious groundwater, the city requires a field that is as environmentally sustainable as possible, but also meets the needs of professional players.  Students are challenged to design the optimum layered soil arrangement (soil […]

Eco-Shipping

Grades: 6
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Engineering, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Mathematical Processes, Measurement, Measurement and Data, Observations of Objects and Materials, Observations of the Environment, Order and Organization, Physical Science, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Reading: Informational Text, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Speaking and Listening, Technology and Communication Applications, Visual Arts, Writing

Student teams utilize the engineering process to build an eco-friendly, cost-effective packaging prototype for shipping products.  In order to effectively complete the design challenge, students research recyclable packaging options for diminishing the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill.  Teams follow the engineering design process to design a prototype, and utilize a Decision Analysis […]

“Fish-y” Gardening

Grades: 7
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Design, Design Process, Designed World, Earth and Space Sciences, Earth Systems, Engineering, Environmental Science, Interconnections within Systems, Life Science, Mathematical Processes, Measurement and Data, Nature of Technology, Order and Organization, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Reading: Informational Text, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Speaking and Listening, Technical Communication, Technology, Technology and Communication Applications, Technology and Information Literacy, Writing

Student teams design and construct a small/micro-scale symbiotic aquaponic system that can be used by populations lacking natural resources needed to provide and cultivate a sustainable, nutrient-rich food source. This unit engages students in participating in an engineering design challenge in which they create a viable farming method consisting of a self-sustaining system that cycles […]

Battery Design Challenge

Grades: 9
Industry: Power and Propulsion
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Mathematical Processes, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing

Batteries are important form of technology for society. Batteries serve as a stored energy source. You can quickly think of multiple instances in where you are dependent on a battery (some examples are: car (electric started), calculator, iPod, hand held video game, smoke detector, or key fob). For engineers at the Air Force Research Labs […]

Electric Vehicle: Body Design

Grades: 10, 11, 12, 9
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Engineering, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement, Patterns Functions and Algebra, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing, Technology

This lesson is designed to be done independently, consecutively, or concurrently with the Rolling Resistance, Transmission, Electric Power Source, and Electric Motor Lessons for the Electric Vehicle (EV) Unit. Power efficiency is the goal of all good environmentally conscious designs. As you will see throughout the EV unit, there are many factors that influence this […]

Compressed Air Vehicle

Grades: 4
Industry: Air Systems/Vehicles, Power and Propulsion
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement and Data, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Patterns Functions and Algebra, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing

*Please note that while this unit is complete, we are in the process of updating both the curriculum and the standards. This activity will introduce students to the use of compressed air as a means of propulsion.  The goal is to allow students to discover the relationship between the amount of compressed air and the […]

Let It Shine

Grades: 1, 2, K
Industry: Sensors
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Geometry, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement and Data, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Patterns Functions and Algebra, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing

This investigation is to introduce/solidify students’ working knowledge of sorting and classification.  Through this process students will investigate light transmittance through everyday objects.  The students will perform a simple flashlight test to classify objects into three predetermined groups; that of transparent, translucent, and opaque.  Students will create class graphs to represent the discoveries.  An in […]

Is the Sun Toxic?

Grades: 1, 2, 3
Industry: Human Performance and Medicine, Sensors
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Earth and Space Sciences, Life Science, Measurement and Data, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing, Technology

Although the sun is the primary source of energy for all life, it can also be considered a toxin.  The essence of this lesson is to have students understand that a toxin is a poisonous substance and that the sun is an example of a toxin. Students will be introduced to other toxins including ones […]

Pollution Effects on Plant Growth

Grades: 7, 8
Industry: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Human Performance and Medicine
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Measurement, Measurement and Data, Scientific Ways of Knowing

As industries transition from assembly lines to advanced manufacturing, there are more machines being utilized in the manufacturing and assembly process. These machines, as all machines do, require lubricants to run smoothly and efficiently. Owners also use chemical liquids to clean the machines periodically to maintain their performance. Once these lubricants and industrial cleaners are […]

Oil, Oil Everywhere!

Grades: 3, 4, 5
Industry: Power and Propulsion
Content Area: Data Analysis and Probability, Earth and Space Sciences, Life Science, Mathematical Processes, Measurement and Data, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Number Sense and Operations, Science and Technology, Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Ways of Knowing

Students inquire how to stop an oil leak in a model of the BP oil leak in the Gulf by simulating the situation in a 10 gallon aquarium.  Students generate potential solutions, which are then tested and redesigned.  Students learn about natural factors involved in this real life situation and scenario including ocean depth, properties of […]

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